Apparently the rule is that if there is ever a wormhole connect that will land us in PanFam space we are obliged to throw some cheap ships through it just to see what sort of trouble we can get into.
So when the ping showed up asking for a Ferox fleet for a one-way trip, I was in. First, I hadn’t been on a combat fleet so far this month. My self-imposed rule is to get on at least one kill mail a month as a sort of “proof of life” that I am playing. If I cannot manage that I ought to just unsubscribe.
Second, I still have a pile of ships sitting in my hangar left over from World War Bee, including more than a few Feroxes I could part with, the remains of The Mittani telling us to stock up for the anticipated final battle of 1DQ1-A that never came to pass. I was more than willing to part with a couple of those. So I joined the fleet, hopped in one, insured it in the hope of the promised of a one-way trip being true, and off we went.
There was a Thera wormhole over in NPC Delve… if you don’t have Signal Cartel’s EVE-Scout Thera wormholes shared bookmarks handy, you should subscribe… which we jumped into.
Once we jump into There, it was a long warp to an exit wormhole.
That wormhole dumped us into Perrigen Falls, which is one of the regions Pandemic Horde owns. We were on one side of a gate and a PH Keepstar was on the other, so we jumped in and anchored up to see what we might be able to shoot.
They clearly had an inclination that we were coming and had parked a couple of HAW dread around the gate and had some interdictors handy to try and bubble us and hold us in place.
We got out of the bubbles and warped off, the back on grid again, looking for a place where we might be able to take down one of those dreadnoughts. That would have been a fine prize.
We ended up warping in and out a few times, losing a few ships with each run, but were not able to get a good spot where a capital might fall. We did managed to pop a few subcaps along the way, but we were hemorrhaging Feroxes by the third warp in. We only came with a few logi, so we were not going to last long on grid. We certainly couldn’t stand up to dreads setup to shoot subcaps.
As we were warping out after one run my Ferox was the primary. The ship exploded and my pod carried on with the fleet warp.
I exempted myself from warps to keep from slowing down the fleet, then warped myself back to the gate to get the pod express home. I was obliged immediately, my pod was tackled and popped in short order.
I got to see the pod death screen, which seems to have been updated. The shell of my golden pod, part of the 10 year anniversary box set (along with the Mystery Code… and don’t get me started about the Mystery Code), was visible.
And that was about it. The battle report showed we lost all but one ship, and I am not sure how that one ship survived.
We lost badly, but we expected nothing less. There was always the hope that we might catch them unawares, but that rarely works out. (Sometimes we come out on top, but not often.) My own Ferox got hit by a couple of dreads and a paladin, which added up to most of the damage.
I also got the insurance payout, plus some additional ISK for SRP, and managed to get a Ferox out of my hangar. And I got on a few kill mails, so my monthly goal was accomplished.
I was happy enough with that result that when the FC asked who wanted to go again, I grabbed another one and insured it. But word came down from command to knock that off now that PH was alerted. Still, it was a bit of fun on a week night.